Meet our team of advisors, presenters and guests artists who support our passion for excellence in Dance Education.
Sarah Murphy-Dyson was a professional ballet dancer for many years and performed all over the world, mostly as a First Soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, one of Canada’s premiere companies. Sarah was lucky enough to work with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on Capote and it changed her career path. The next season she retired from the ballet, got an agent in Vancouver, and started studying acting full time. That was, until she was cast in the North American premiere of Dirty Dancing (Mirvish) which brought her to Toronto. She performed over 400 shows, as Penny Johnson and as a featured dancer. Since then, Sarah has continued her studies with Michael Riley, David Rotenberg and Rae Ellen Bodie and can be seen regularly on stage and screen. She has starred in four World Premieres of renowned playwright George F. Walker, and in her own show, The Naked Ballerina which she plans to make into a film, and for which she has won several awards. Sarah has appeared on such shows as Rookie Blue, The Next Step, and as Isabelle’s ballet teacher in the recent American Girl movie. She is also a regular on Precious Chong (daughter of Tommy Chong)’s Canadian Comedy Award nominated web series, Sex and the Single Parent. She won a Gemini Award a long time ago, and has worked as a stunt double for Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale and Jaime King. Sarah is represented by Stephanie Nakamura at AMI. She lives in Toronto and still takes, teaches, and coaches ballet when she can.
Sheona Bell, named in 1992 to the position of Co-Artistic Director of the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance in Mississauga, is a graduate of the Dance Program at the University of Waterloo and the National Ballet School of Canada where she was awarded her Teacher Training Program Certificate. Ms Bell also has her Advanced Cecchetti Diploma and is a Fellowship Member of the Cecchetti Society. Her expertise as a ballet master teacher, have lead to her having taught prospective teacher training students at Canada’s National Ballet School. Ms. Bell has worked hard to develop a high standard of technique for the dancers at her studio.
Jolanta Oko is the Founder and Director of CNADE. She holds a BFA in dance from York University, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Jolanta also hold a Master’s Degree in Dance from York University and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has danced professionally in the CFL, NAFL, CSL, USL and MSL. She holds her Associates Diploma from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has completed leadership certification courses from a variety of renowned organizations. Having a plethora of experience in the dance world having been a dance teacher for 20 years, a studio owner for 6 and a school teacher for 8 years. She has facilitated dance in services in Halton and facilitated workshops about Arts Education at conferences for school board educators and administrators.
Luisa Zoratti has served as an educator for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education, Brock University. She brings with her a wealth of experience in Special Education. Her current role as Special Education Resource Teacher allows her to work closely with students using the latest in 21st century teaching for identified students. Luisa’s expertise on the topics of “changing class/studio dynamics” and “strategies to accommodate the needs of our dancers” make her a well respected educator in her field.
Adam Schnare is a highly experienced and well-respected expert in the field of IT Management. He brings a wealth of knowledge in all areas of 21st century marketing and web development. His skill set includes: Project Management, Web & Mobile App Development, Graphic Design, SEO, Strategy & Execution, Mobile & Internet Marketing, Innovative IT Initiative, Social Media, Troubleshooting, Resolution, End User Support. He is sought after for website development and his creative perspective to online presence, due to his exceptional attention to customer service and customer satisfaction.
Tanya Berg holds a PhD in Dance Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada and she is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. In addition to teaching ballet in private dance studios, Tanya has taught at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education since 2003. Tanya has presented papers at the Canadian Society for Dance Studies Conference in Montreal (2012), the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France (2014) and most recently at the Corps de Ballet International conference in Sarasota, Florida (2016). Her 2015 publication in Research In Dance Education discusses how the current trend of digital video surveillance in commercial dance studios is increasing the panopticism already present in dance education. Her doctoral research, facilitated by her studio and academic backgrounds, explores the kinesthetic dialogue present in ballet pedagogy.
Linda’s dancing experience has been expansive and varied, having performed internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Canada, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company. She was the recipient of a Canada Council grant in 1991. She is a Ballet Instructor at SFU and Lamondance. Linda is also an actor, artist and film maker. Her film collaborations with David Cooper have been screened internationally.
Born in Melville, Saskatchewan and raised in Regina, Carrie Broda began her dance training at Myers Dance Centre. She trained professionally at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, graduating from the Professional Division in 1996. While still in the RWB School, Broda made her professional debut in the Company’s 1994 production of Swan Lake.
Broda joined the RWB as an apprentice in 1998 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2000. For the 2006/07 she was promoted to second soloist. During her time with the RWB, Broda has been featured in many roles including Tiger Lily/Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy and The White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, Flamingo in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story and Don José’s Mother in Carmen, The Passion.
Originally hailing from Germany, Anne-Marie is a former student of Canada’s National Ballet School. She initially trained under the tutelage of Anne-Marie Pilon-Gerdun; Ontario’s current provincial representative of the Cecchetti Society of Canada. She later trained with The School of Alberta Ballet’s summer programme before being accepted into their professional division by the Kilgours themselves. Upon high school graduation, Anne-Marie went on to complete her BFA (Honours) in Dance from York University. She subsequently graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher’s Training Program, becoming accredited with the Cecchetti Society in June 2011 with Distinction.